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And when the seventh month was come, and the children of Israel were in the cities, the people gathered themselves together as one man to Jerusalem.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

3:1 to Jerusalem. This gathering at Jerusalem and reinstitution of the sacrifices (Ezra 3:2) probably marks the end of the seventy-year exile predicted by Jeremiah (see Jeremiah 25:11-12; Daniel 9:2). Although the exact dates are uncertain, many authorities believe the exile began in about 605 B.C. and the return began in about 535 B.C.

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